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babyblue Jul 21, 2010 07:11 PM

First time in LA. We are staying in West Hollywood but willing to travel. Looking for sushi one night and any other cuisine not to formal with some atmosphere.

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    degustateur Jul 23, 2010 12:50 AM

    Welcome to LA, babyblue!

    Allow me to offer a few eclectic suggestions for your dining experience and pleasure:

    Sushi Nozawa
    11288 Ventura Boulevard
    Studio City, CA 91604
    (818) 508-7017
    http://www.sushinozawa.com
    LA’s own, original “Sushi Nazi”. Itamae Kazunori Nozawa commands a very traditional sushi bar ands serves up some of the freshest and finest sushi to be found anywhere. No reservations. Be prepared for a brief wait. Sit at the bar and enjoy the omakase-only offerings. Trust him, he will do you right. Whatever you do, DON’T ask for a California Roll unless you relish being used for entertainment purposes. Nozawa may first strike you as being standoffish, even rude. Trust me, he is one heck of a nice guy with an unwavering concern for affording his patrons the best there is. Service is Tokyo style meaning that you’ll be served one item after another in rapid succession until you signal that you’ve had enough – as fast as 30 minutes for a full round. Open for L/D Mon-Fri, Noon-2pm/5:30-10pm. Casual.

    Park’s Barbeque
    955 S. Vermont Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90005
    (213) 380-1717
    http://www.parksbbq.com/index.html
    Park's BBQ is widely recognized as LA’s premiere Korean BBQ restaurant due principally to the quality of its meats, including Kobe (Wagyu) beef and “Tokyo X” pork selections. I know of no other KBBQ restaurant that offers comparable meat quality. Two Japanese Korean-style establishments, Anjin and Tsuruhashi – both in Orange County come to mind. However, for genuine Korean BBQ in LA, Park’s wins hands-down over any other, including IMHO, the venerable Soot Bull Jip. The raw Dungeness crab and the spicy black cod are excellent complements to the exemplary meat selections. Great panchan too. Superior service. The staff virtually insists upon cooking your selections for you to ensure their proper preparation. Open Sunday-Thursday 11–Midnight, Friday-Saturday 11–2:00am. Casual.

    Pizzeria Mozza
    641 N. Highland Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA
    (323) 297-0101
    http://www.mozza-la.com
    Try to fit Pizzeria Mozza into your plans for lunch, dinner or late night. Greatness personified! Start with a wonderfully flavorful antipasti followed by chicken liver crostinis with guanciale. For the main, be sure to include the fennel sausage pizza with panna, red onions and scallions. The guanciale pizza is extraordinary albeit a bit salty. The Bianca pizza with fontina, mozzarella, sottocenere and sage is awesome. Superb service and wine pairings. They are open continuously from Noon to Midnight daily. Reservations are essential. Casual.

    RH at the Andaz
    8401 W. Sunset Blvd
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    (323) 785-6090
    http://westhollywood.hyatt.com/hyatt/ho
    RH, located in the Hyatt West Hollywood, offers a wonderfully delicious, French-inspired menu. Chef Sébastien Archambault, holder of a Michelin Star, portrays his incredible talent in each and every dish. Among the standouts are the superb Petaluma duck confit, the boneless suckling pig, slow-cooked for 12 hours and the signature RH burger and truffle fries. The dessert offerings are equally noteworthy including the warm chocolate cake with English toffee and the apricot tart with almonds. Dazzling contemporary architecture exudes casual elegance and serves to supercharge your dining experience. Prepare to be impressed.

    Rivera
    1050 S. Flower St, #102
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    (213) 749-1460
    http://www.riverarestaurant.com
    Serious, traditional, alta cocina (high-end) Mexican/Latin cuisine at its finest. The vibe, the drinks and the food are all world class. Genuine jamon iberico de bellota pata negra is all that it's cracked up to be. Handmade tortillas with embedded dried flowers are served with a delicious guacamole, aptly referred to as “Indian butter”. The duck enfrijolada, kurubota pork chop and sautéed cod are outstanding choices. Reservations are necessary. Open weekdays 11:30-2pm, 5:30-10:30pm, Sat 5:30-10:30pm, Sun 5:30-10pm. Casual to dressy-casual.

    While Rivera may be LA’s finest Mexican restaurant, the humble taco truck stands tall as LA’s quintessential come as you are Mexican dining experience. Two of the best are located in mid-town just a few blocks apart:

    El Chato - Olympic & La Brea (daily after 9pm) - Great carne asada, buche, cabeza, chorizo, carnitas, lengua, tripas, etc. The al pastor is sliced off the trompa then grilled.

    Leo's Tacos – Venice & La Brea (daily after 8pm) - Superb al pastor right off the trompa (vertical spit) and onto your tortilla. Everything else is very good as well.

    Enjoy your stay.

    Bon Appetit!

    1. raytamsgv Jul 22, 2010 12:04 PM

      If you're adventurous, add East LA (Mexican), Koreatown (Korean), the San Gabriel Valley (Chinese) and Little Saigon (Vietnamese) to your itinerary.

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      1. re: raytamsgv
        wienermobile Jul 22, 2010 12:13 PM

        If you are a meat lover Parks BBQ in Koreatown should not be missed. A wonderful meal and experience.
        http://www.parksbbq.com/

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        Park's BBQ
        955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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          babyblue Jul 22, 2010 05:43 PM

          Thanks for all the suggestions so many great ideas!!

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        yogachik Jul 21, 2010 09:16 PM

        Gjelina is a must. In Venice, on Abbot Kinney - a real LA experience and fantastic food, not formal, great atmosphere.

        Musha is another idea, in Santa Monica, for japanese tapas. I echo the Animal recommendation, also a must.

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        Musha
        424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        Gjelina
        1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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          albatruffles Jul 21, 2010 09:10 PM

          For the true LA experience, the food quality tends to drop off. You are looking at staples like Spago, Pink's, Roscoe's, In-n-Out. I would agree that Animal is the Hot Spot (for food). Three musts are the poutine, maple foie gras, and the pork belly sliders. Reserve now as it's popular. CUT is a popular LA vibe steakhouse. The Bazaar for drinks and decor, The Ultimate Gin & Tonic and the Passion Fruit Martini are addictive. Umami Burger is my favorit burger joint.

          Ah yeah, back to sushi, Urasawa is the best $500pp, next I would consider Sushi Zo and Nozawa my favorites

          For cheaper eats Pizzeria Mozza, Kogi BBQ Truck, or Langers. Wurstushe's sausage's are hit or miss, but the truffles are consistent good.

          If it was my weekend, I would skip sushi. Dinners at Animal and CUT.Lunch at Mozza and Kogi. And get drinks at Bazaar and Copa d' Oro.

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          Spago
          176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          Urasawa Restaurant
          218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          Sushi Zo
          9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          Kogi
          Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

          Umami Burger
          850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          Pizzeria Mozza
          641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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          1. re: albatruffles
            wienermobile Jul 22, 2010 12:16 PM

            I 2nd Langer's. The best pastrami on earth.
            http://www.langersdeli.com/

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            Langer's Delicatessen
            704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

          2. Servorg Jul 21, 2010 07:18 PM

            Not too formal with atmosphere. Well I think Animal has atmosphere, but most importantly, brilliant food.

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            Animal
            435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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            1. re: Servorg
              Servorg Jul 21, 2010 07:57 PM

              There was a recent thread about a sushi place in Beverly Hills (Kiyokawa) that sounded really good. We have not been, but you can read about it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7220...

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              Kiyokawa Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
              265 S Robertson Blvd Ste 10, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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                Emme Jul 21, 2010 08:56 PM

                Was going to suggest Kiyokawa as well! and Animal...

                if you wanted to go "otherly ethnic," there's Monte Alban for Oaxacan, Mariscos Chente for Sinoloan Seafood, Jitlada Thai, Rahel for Ethiopian, Musha for izakaya...

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                Jitlada
                5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                Monte Alban
                11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                Musha
                1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

                Mariscos Chente
                4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

            2. LA Buckeye Fan Jul 21, 2010 07:16 PM

              A martini at Musso and Franks in Hollywood. Clams or King crab at Neptune's Net on PCH in Malibu. A cheap and delicious meal from one of the Taco trucks in the area. Have a nice visit.

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